One of the most prestigious private high schools, Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT has day and boarding students. Even though the day students do not sleep on campus they are there from dawn to dusk, eating most of their meals there. They need a place to base themselves and study between classes and extracurricular activities. The Day Student Lounge fulfills this requirement. One lounge for each class is planned and Aztech has designed the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for two such lounges.
The challenges for renovating such spaces not intended for this use, in historic buildings is evident. Creative coordination of the systems with the existing structure was essential. The spaces were previously utility areas without the services required for finished spaces. Ventilation and cooling had to be added with almost no apparent available ceiling space.
Working closely with Choate personnel, including the Facility and Maintenance Department systems were designed that performed the desired purpose as well as being easy to maintain. The students are very happy with their renovated lounges as are the Choate maintenance staff.